International Day of Friendship

Illustration by Celina Koops of two friends emerging from the screens of their laptops to share a hug.

Today is the International Day of Friendship. Writing on the day’s meaning, the U.N. explains that confronting the world’s challenges requires “promoting and defending a shared spirit of human solidarity that takes many forms — the simplest of which is friendship.” During the COVID-19 pandemic, friendship has looked different, and many of our connections have … Read more

Confronting Anxieties

Quote from Jeff Mijo-Burch, CHASI Social Media & Communications Intern: " This elevated level of anxiety, this vague and sometimes unconscious sense of fear that people are feeling in a crowded grocery store or at the thought of returning to a workplace or classroom, is similar to the feeling those of us with anxiety disorders experience for much of our lives." URL links to

To mark Action Anxiety Day, CHASI Social Media and Web Communication Intern Jeff Mijo-Burch is sharing some of his personal experience with anxiety to consider as we prepare for an anxiety-filled transition to a post-pandemic world. Today, June 10, is the first annual Action Anxiety Day. This day, which calls on supporters to spread awareness, … Read more

CHASI’s Student Research Assistants and Interns

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In addition to our core team and faculty associates, CHASI’s work is aided by a number of student interns and research assistants. Research assistant: Gina Dhinsa Gina recently graduated from UFV with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Development Studies and a minor in Economics. Gina has been volunteering for the UFV Student Refugee Program … Read more